Employers Must Address Emotional Trauma In The Workplace

Bill Wilkerson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Business
Bill Wilkerson

In the wake of Paris, employers must remain alert to the potential "emotional aftermath" of terrorist attacks among employees. Such events can cause considerable potential trauma and anxiety for workers, and employers have a responsibility to ensure that the workplace remains a venue of safety, security and open discourse.

A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality In South Korea

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Unfortunately, South Korea still has a long way to go in terms of females getting opportunities in leadership positions. The number of female politicians in South Korea is 49 out of 300 members of parliament and South Korea had a 37.4 per cent gender wage gap, which was the largest gap among OECD countries in 2014..

Dealing With Office Gossip, When It Is About You

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Gossip. It happens in every workplace and in every family. For some reason, we just love to talk about others. Until that conversation is about us. When we're the subject of office gossip, it no longer seems like harmless entertainment.

5 Ways You Can Foster A Discrimination-Free Workplace

Tom Turpin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As Canadians, we pride ourselves on our diversity and acceptance and, while things have come a long way in a short period of time and progress continues to be made, the survey results show that more needs to be done. As employers, we have an opportunity to pay attention, learn and be better.

Millennials Don't Heart Your Company's Basic Technology

Dave Borrelli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.

My Employers Helped Me Beat Addiction in the Workplace

Allan McDougall | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Business
Allan McDougall

I was a hard rock miner at the time and fortunately my union, the United Steelworkers, had an Employee Assistance Program whose staff guided me to the treatment I needed. They accepted me as a person who has a problem, not a problem person, and put me on the road to recovering my sobriety and my dignity.

My Daily Battles as a Black Woman in Customer Service | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living

I've been asked, "Where are you from?" more times at the bank than at any other workplace. The query is almost always followed by an individual's shock of how kind, efficient, or great my service was. In their mind, there's no way a black girl from [insert black country here] can be so nice at customer service.

7 Easy Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Dive into a Dreaded Task

Renate Reimann | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Living
Renate Reimann

Procrastination can have many causes. From everyday postponements to time management issues to fear or even perfectionism, the reasons for delay undermine our energy for what needs to get done. The important thing is to get past this self-defeating behaviour that keeps you from diving into the task at hand.

A Message of Hope to Anyone at a Crossroads

Allan McDougall | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Allan McDougall

For anyone who truly feels stuck, who lacks motivation, or who honestly doesn't see a way out, here's an adage to take to heart: "The anticipation of change is worse than actually undergoing change." I should know. I am the poster child for turning around a ravaged life.

The Mission of Finding Happiness at Work

Amanda Cupido | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Amanda Cupido

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your health is quit your job. When it comes to work, a lot of us get caught up in the momentum. Many people are driven, have goals and want to be successful. So when people are unhappy at work (especially if their job looks great on paper), they find it hard to leave.

Work-Life Balance Is No Longer a Gender Issue

Eva Pomeroy | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Pomeroy

The wide-scale entry of women, especially those with young children, into the workplace has been called "one of the most profound changes in Canada in the past quarter century." The impact of this change is widespread and multi-faceted. One major aspect of the change is something researchers call the convergence of gender roles.

A Letter of Gratitude to My Doctor

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Have you thanked your doctor lately? How about all those other really important people in your life, who truly contribute to your happiness and well...

How Millennials Have Changed the Workplace

Naomi Titleman | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Business
Naomi Titleman

When thinking of millennials, it's common to picture fresh-faced graduates straight out of school and ready to change the planet -- which is why it's easy to forget that this much-discussed generation (anyone born after 1981) has been in the working world for over a decade, with many of them now holding down senior titles and highly influential positions.

Is the Workplace Culture at Amazon Progressive or Destructive?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Work-life balance is non-existent at Amazon; an 80-plus hour work week is the norm. I imagine that the relentless pace, combined with the stress caused by this ruthless atmosphere, must be wreaking havoc on the mental and physical well-being of these employees.

Do You Have a Donald Trump at Work?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

My comments on Donald have nothing to do with his political aspirations. It has to do with the damage that a personality like Donald's brings to the workplace. Bullies don't go away. Donald Trump's attack on Rosie O'Donnell last night came out of the blue. There was no reason for him to say what he said, yet he did.

How to Repair Your Reputation at Work

Craig Dave | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Business
Craig Dave

By interrogating the truth of a cancerous claim about a co-worker before it's delivered to the lymph nodes of the organization, we all have the potential to inoculate our workplaces from the toxic influence of a workplace bully.

Financial Education in the Workplace Is Beneficial in Many Ways

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Business
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

Tapping into workplaces across the country would allow a vast and varied audience to be reached. That audience would include people of different ages, education and culture. Workplace programs also would allow individuals to receive valuable information in a convenient manner.

Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned

Evan Thompson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

If you feel you just don't have that gift of natural connection, don't worry. Great interpersonal skills can be learned. You can become aware of others and engage them more naturally and easily than you think. You first need to get over your belief that you're "just not a people person" and that it's not your responsibility to foster teamwork -- just results.

How Workplace Bullies Push Whistleblowers to the Brink

Craig Dave | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Living
Craig Dave

The only way to give a whistleblower a pair of "concrete shoes" is to create unbearable conditions on the job -- such as assigning onerous tasks unrelated to the job or enforcing obscure codes of conduct -- until you sink to your lowest point & either quit or refuse to cooperate.

Going on Holiday May Save Our Minds and Our Economy

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Who killed summer vacation? That's the million dollar question -- literally. Long gone are the days of casually taking a few weeks off with the family to go on a road trip, or jetting off to a remote destination where the real world ceases to exist. This is a problem.

Raise Your Likeability Factor - It's Your Most Valuable Asset

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Likeability is not the ability to make people laugh or take centre stage all the time. It is about considerate behaviour and keeping promises that make people feel comfortable around you. You win them over by fuelling their belief that you are a trustworthy person who they can count on to do the right thing.

Want to Grow Your Small Business? It's All About the Work Environment

Jeff Cates | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Cates

Running a small business is difficult, but growing one is even more challenging. You can't do it alone; you need the help of talented employees who are invested in the long-term success of your business. To attract and keep talented people, you need to provide a great working environment.

Women in Leadership: It's a Matter of Life and Death

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

More women need to step up, lean in, and otherwise support and encourage each other to assume more leadership roles. Not only because we are 50 per cent of the workforce, but because it only makes sense that we will create a happier, healthier, and more productive country when we -- men and women together -- utilize our collective intelligence and maximize our opposing strengths.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

6 Ways to Own Going Back to Work After an Absence

Jen Lawrence | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Once upon a time, you decided to take a few months away from your career to spend time with your new baby, or tend to a sick relative, or start your own business. Perhaps those months turned into years and you now find yourself wanting to return to the workforce. Don't despair. By following the six steps below, you can take control of the back-to-work process and will restart your career in no time.